The product name “vodka” originates from the Old Polish language and was derived from the word “woda” – translated “little water”.Traditionally, vodka is distilled in Poland, Russia, Finland and Sweden. Till today it is unclear whether the first vodka was made in Russia or Poland; both countries claim that they are inventors and used the cereal-based distillates as medicine.
Usually, their percentage was not high, and often they were combined with herbs, roots or, like Zubrowkas, with bison grass.
Only in the 18th century vodka became a pure and clear spirit.
Apart from the clear vodka there are flavoured ones today as well; they contain essences made from pepper, nuts, Sherry, sloes, citrus fruit, currants, herbs, roots or just bison grass.